Gratitude – a great companion

Gratitude – a great companion

One might think that the week that revealed a significant and unsettling career transition would have been dark, heavy, morose, possibly even despondent.  But, it was not.  In fact, there were multiple moments of intense fun, excitement and gratitude.  There was also hope and optimism. So, what am I grateful for on the cold Saturday
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Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story

During the Nexus North Fellowship at Yale, we talked a lot about the importance of find the right question. If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question,
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At the crossroads

At the crossroads

I am at a crossroads, standing in the intersection looking down divergent paths, wondering which way to go.  For the past year, I have been on a generous secondment from Keyano College to Arts Council Wood Buffalo, serving as its interim executive director.  It will soon be time to pass the torch to a new
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Pakistan in McMurray

Pakistan in McMurray

I do my best to arrive early at things.  It doesn’t always end up that way, but last night it did, as I strolled into École McTavish a full 45-minutes ahead of when the volunteer appreciation program was scheduled to begin.  Zaid Sulaiman, President of the PCA (Pakistan Canada Association) smiled brightly the moment I
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Deathtrap celebrates community theatre

Deathtrap celebrates community theatre

The cast and crew of Keyano Theatre Company’s final show of the season had the unenviable task of being the follow-up act to Les Mis, one of the most critically acclaimed shows in KTC’s 34-year history. Months after the final tear-filled curtain call, I still get approached by strangers complimenting us on the production, the
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Measuring what matters

Measuring what matters

A former boss of mine, back in my radio broadcasting days, often repeated the admonition, “What gets measured gets done.”  Arriving here in 1996, I was surprised to discover a level of professionalism and diligence that, at first, seemed over the top, but eventually began to make complete sense.  As an example, when young announcers
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Battle of the Bulge, Part III

Battle of the Bulge, Part III

During the Cold War, the DEW Line (Distant Early Warning Line) was set-up at stations throughout the north to detect incoming Soviet bombers, and provide advance warning of any sea or land invasion.  In terms of my personal battle with the bulge I have several early warning systems: the tightness of my shirt collars or
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SONG LYRICS: Things Don’t Cry

SONG LYRICS: Things Don’t Cry

Dylan has been cleaning his room the last few days, discovering little scraps of memories from years gone by.  He must have found this print out of a song I wrote back in 2003, as it was sitting in my study when I returned home from two days of meetings down in Calgary with the
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#ymmSUMMERarts Community Conversation

#ymmSUMMERarts Community Conversation

In the last 24 years, there has been only one summer when the interPLAY Festival did not happen.  That was 1995. The board at the time, decided to put the event on pause, in hopes that they would be able to revive it the following year.  The 1996 version of interPLAY – my first –
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iPad Restaurants

iPad Restaurants

As I walked into the Delta Airlines departure area at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, I couldn’t quite figure out where to go or what to do.  Apart from one row of standard airport benches, which were full, every other seat was attached to a table of some kind, with an iPad.  I grabbed
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